Chicken temp?

Discussion in 'Poultry' started by johnnie2130, Feb 2, 2008.

  1. johnnie2130

    johnnie2130 Meat Mopper

    I have some whole chickens on the smoker at about 240. They've been cooking less than two hours and the internal temp already shows 177. These are three pound chickens. I know the chickens aren't done in less than two hours and I think my thermometer is accurate. Any suggestions on what to do now?
  2. smokin for life

    smokin for life Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    John if you really think your thermometer is correct I would go a head and take them out. It doesn't take long for little chickens to get done. I usually pull mine at 170
  3. flash

    flash Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    177 is done for sure. See how easy the leg will turn in the socket. If you see bloody juice, you temp gauge could be off, but if juices are clear, you are good to go. [​IMG]
  4. glued2it

    glued2it Master of the Pit

    Where are you putting themometer? Make sure your in the meat and not touching bone.

    Is the juice clear? The trick that never fails.
  5. johnnie2130

    johnnie2130 Meat Mopper

    I pulled them and they look done. I cooked them to about 175-180. I just didn't want any chicken that wasn't done. They look done now. Thanks for the advice.
  6. smokin for life

    smokin for life Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member

    Hey John, remember the old saying, "NO Q-VIEW, DID IT REALLY HAPPEN"?

  7. I have noticed that if I brine the chicken overnight, it usually only takes two hours @250. If I dont brine it and just inject it, it usually takes a little longer.
  8. johnnie2130

    johnnie2130 Meat Mopper

  9. linescum

    linescum Smoking Fanatic OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Chicken Post Chicken View
  10. huntfishdude

    huntfishdude Newbie

    Good brine recipe. I took this one off at IT 175. Next time I'll try 172ish as it was on the edge of too dry. Very delicious.

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